Internet

Balkans: slow Internet and unspent cohesion funds 

Wednesday 24 August 2022 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The Balkan countries are struggling to keep up with the rest of Europe in terms of Internet connection speed. The only exception is Romania, which - not surprisingly - is the country in the area that is best able to spend cohesion funds on ICT


European cloud services: Big Tech’s profits grow thanks to public sector contracts 

Thursday 14 April 2022 | José Luis Marín
| El Orden Mundial

The giants of Silicon Valley are taking in 70% of the profits generated by cloud computing in Europe. Despite the problems thrown up by GDPR, some of this money continues to flow through beefy public contracts.


Data centres: the last great tech threat to energy sustainability 

Thursday 21 April 2022 | José Luis Marín
| El Orden Mundial

The energy needs of these physical infrastructure, where much of the world’s digital information is stored, have grown exponentially in recent years. While business has been booming, so have concerns about their sustainability and the environmental threats that data centres present.


Mobile operators and personal data in Europe  Large investigation

Friday 08 April 2022 | Federico Caruso
Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

This article explores in more detail our research into how phone companies use customers’ personal data, with notes on the legal issues relating to European law.


How phone companies use our personal data 

Friday 08 April 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

In the past, some telephone companies have become known for their unscrupulous use of customers’ personal data. While things have improved in Europe, it is important to know what we are agreeing to when we sign a new contract.


Russia wants your data: cyber attacks are growing in the European Union 

Tuesday 08 March 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

The shadow of Russia has always loomed over the internet, but the pandemic, which moved citizen’s lives into the digital sphere, saw a rise in security breaches within European businesses and institutions. Cyber attacks against key European sectors doubled in 2020. Although Brussels is working to plug the gaps, the invasion of Ukraine threatens to intensify the cyber war.


Gigabits for some, but not for others 

Friday 22 October 2021 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The cost of a good internet connection varies widely within the European Union, with countries around the Adriatic paying the most. Meanwhile, Romania, with a world-class network and competitive prices, is a case apart.


Europe’s internet speeds are faster than ever, but not for everyone 

Wednesday 22 September 2021 | Federico Caruso
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Over the last year and a half internet speeds in Europe have increased by more than fifty percent. Unfortunately, the gap between urban and more rural areas, and between north European countries and those in the south-east, has also grown.


Online privacy: the cookies’ attack 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | EUrologus

When you open a website, the question immediately pops up: what data do you want to share with the service provider? In the EU, on average, 50% of internet users refuse to allow their personal data to be used for advertising.


Google and Facebook dominate behavioural advertising, even with the cookie crumbling 

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

Action is being taken to increase transparency on the processing of users’ personal data on the internet, but the main digital advertisers still rely on intrusive practices that try to influence people’s behaviours. European regulation on data protection could mitigate the issue, but its enforcement is limited